September 14, 2000

Bronco Men's Soccer Wins Third-Straight Match

Sept. 14, 2000

SEATTLE, Wash. - Junior defender Jeff Stewart (Bellevue, Wash.) made the most of his first career nonconference game as a collegian in his home state in Santa Clara's 1-0 win over Oregon State in the opening match of the Nike Northwest Soccer Challenge hosted by the University of Washington. Santa Clara improved to 3-1 on the season, while OSU fell to 3-2.

Stewart directed a deflection off an Anthony Chimienti (San Jose, Calif.) corner kick into the goal at the 35:56 mark of the first half for the game-winner. Stewart also led a Bronco defense that prevented Oregon State from connecting any of its 17 shots in the game, including nine in the second half.

Junior goalkeeper Rusty Johnson (O'Fallon, Ill.) recorded his second shutout in three games and grabbed six saves in the game. He has allowed just one goal in three games this season after missing the season-opener due to a deep thigh bruise. Johnson was one of several Broncos who were in familiar territory in Seattle. Four Broncos: Joe and Nick Ascolese (Chattaroy), Phil Johnson (Bellevue) and Stewart (Bellevue) all hail from the state of Washington, while Johnson lived in Chattaroy for a time while a prep.

Santa Clara outshot Oregon State by a narrow 17-15 margin in the match and withstood an eight-shot barrage by the Beavers' Justin Kirk and Jesse Servin. OSU received four yellow cards in the match. Junior Tony Cota (Modesto, Calif.) saw his first action of the season at midfield for the Broncos, who continue to battle several nagging injuries among its starters.

SCU faces Washington, the event host, in a 2:15 p.m. match on Sunday at Husky Soccer Stadium.